Vaccine vans hit the roads across Oxfordshire and beyond
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is hitting the road across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and parts of Berkshire to bring jabs closer to where people live and work.
Two roving NHS vaccine vans will be offering Health on the Move mobile clinics and supporting pop-up clinics to make it easier for everyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccination to get one.
Nearly 1.8 million vaccinations have already been delivered across the Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS) since the vaccination roll-out began in December 2020.
Great progress has been made in ensuring people in priority groups from all communities and locations have received at least one jab. They are now working to ensure everyone over 18 who wants a jab has one before July 19.
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A spokesperson for the programme said: "With our Health on the Move vans, we will go further with the ability to offer 240 jabs a day seven days a week. The vans will be staffed by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, but are the result of a partnership working between health and local authorities across the BOB ICS."
There are still some places where uptake of the vaccinations has been slower: among some ethnic groups or because of rurality and geography, vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, isolation, underlying health conditions, access to transport and hours of work.
Health on the Move will aim to serve these groups, as well as promote other public health services, including the winter flu campaign, smoking cessation and health checks in due course.
Dr James Kent, executive lead for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Berkshire West Integrated Care System, said: “This is an important initiative to build on the success of the Covid-19 vaccination programme and a great example of partnership and system working across health and local authority colleagues.”
Oxford Health’s Covid operations director, Tehmeena Ajmal, said: “We are delighted to support the two new Health on the Move vans, which have been designed and funded through our partnerships in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and West Berkshire with health and local authority colleagues. These two vehicles will allow us to take vaccines to our residents, and to reach a wider population for health messaging and health checks. Look out for a pop-up clinic near you.”